By Dr. Kenneth Conklin, Guest Contributor – Should a judge preside over a lawsuit where his family stands to gain megabucks? Should a governor, mayor, or senator decide to route a new highway to a family-owned shopping center, or award construction contracts to his family’s business?
The proposed federal legislation known as the Akaka bill recognizes ethnic Hawaiians as a tribe. State and county officials then negotiate how much of our land, money, and jurisdictional authority to give that tribe. Government officials who are ethnic Hawaiian have a huge conflict of interest deciding how much of our stuff to give to their own blood brotherhood.
Executives, legislators, and judges must recuse themselves and not participate in decisions where they have conflict of interest. Normally recusal is rare. But if the Akaka bill passes, most government decision-making will focus on how much to give the tribe. Someone should not hold a job where ethics rules demand recusal from most of his work.
If the Akaka bill passes, no ethnic Hawaiian should hold high office in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of state or county government. Officials serve multiple years; therefore, no ethnic Hawaiian should be elected or appointed to high office so long as an Akaka bill might pass.
For a webpage exploring in depth the issue of ethnic Hawaiian conflict of interest and recusal, see http://tinyurl.com/24ohwpw
Here are the section headings for the webpage:
CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND RECUSAL IN GENERAL, AND REGARDING ETHNIC HAWAIIANS SPECIFICALLY
RECENT EXAMPLES OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST INVOLVING ETHNIC HAWAIIANS (AB)USING GOVERNMENTAL POWER TO BENEFIT THEIR BLOOD BROTHERHOOD: WALTER HEEN; BOYD MOSSMAN; DANTE CARPENTER; ROBERT KLEIN; MELE CARROLL; CLAYTON HEE; NATIVE HAWAIIAN CAUCUS IN THE LEGISLATURE; HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL PURCHASE OF WAIMEA VALLEY AND TRANSFER TO OHA.
ANALOGIES BETWEEN CARVING UP HAWAII ALONG ETHNIC LINES TO CREATE A RACE-BASED AKAKA TRIBE, AND THE FOLLOWING: CARVING UP INDIA TO CREATE PAKISTAN; TAPEWORMS IN HUMAN INTESTINES; PARASITIC WASP EGGS DEPOSITED INTO CATERPILLARS AND EATING THEIR INSIDES UNTIL EMERGING AT MATURITY; FRENCH CITIZEN FIFTH COLUMNISTS WORKING INSIDE FRANCE; AMERICAN CITIZEN SPIES TURNING OVER ATOMIC WEAPONS SECRETS TO AMERICA’S ENEMIES; NEIL ABERCROMBIE SPENDING 10 YEARS IN CONGRESS CREATING THE AKAKA TRIBE AND THEN BECOMING GOVERNOR TO PRESIDE OVER THE TRANSFER OF HAWAII’S ASSETS TO THE TRIBE
TRIBE VS. STATE: WHY HAWAIIAN TRIBAL LOYALTY IS LIKELY TO DAMAGE STATE GOVERNMENT FAR MORE SERIOUSLY THAN ANY DAMAGE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT IMAGINE COULD HAPPEN TO AMERICA BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS OR ETHNIC LOYALTY BY CATHOLICS OR JEWS ON ISSUES SUCH AS ABORTION OR AMERICAN POLICY TOWARD ISRAEL OR IRAN.
ON APRIL 21, 2010 THE ISSUES OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND AN ACCOMPANYING DEMAND FOR RECUSAL WERE RAISED FOR THE FIRST TIME REGARDING THE TOPIC OF HAWAIIAN SOVEREIGNTY, DURING TESTIMONY BY KEN CONKLIN BEFORE THE HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL.
This is a guest editorial. See Dr. Conklin’s book “Hawaiian Apartheid: Racial Separatism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Aloha State” in the Hawaii Public Library or read more on the web: http://tinyurl.com/2a9fqa